Costa Rica Senior Trip 2009

Here is all the information for the FHS service learning trip to Costa Rica 

Bridging Cultures:  A Costa Rican Service Learning Experience 

(April 13-23 2009)

In the summer of 2007, Mark, Dana and Kristina received a grant through Fund For Teachers to travel to Costa Rica.  Our ultimate goal is to bring a group of our students on a community service trip their senior year using the network we have established. 

Bridging Cultures is designed to honor our graduating seniors and to celebrate their years of success at FHS.  Students will participate in service learning opportunities as well as ecotourism to learn about Costa Rican history, culture and tradition.  We will visit a volcano in Arenal, the Cloud Forest of Monteverde and travel to the village of Nosara located in the Guanacaste Coast. Service learning opportunities include painting an elementary school, volunteering in one of the only public libraries in the countries and leading English lessons and community building activities in the local high school in Nosara. 

Here is the sample itinerary.  Click on the links to find out more information about the hotels or places:

10 Day Costa Rica Volunteer and Educational Itinerary

DAY 1:

A representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel Aranjuez in San José. 

DAY 2:

Morning transfer from hotel Aranjuez to La Fortuna de San Carlos, ( Arenal ). Afternoon guided visit to La Fortuna. In the evening, entrance to Ecotermales Hot Water Springs, intimate and secluded Hot Water Springs. Entrances and dinner included. Lodging in Casona Rio Fortuna.

DAY 3:

Breakfasts and Casona Rio Fortuna and combined volunteering tour. In the morning, we will proceed to paint to Elementary School in the community accompanied by typical dances. Return and lunch at Casona Rio Fortuna and in the afternoon, visit to a local farm where you can learn how to make tortillas. Dinner at leisure. At night transportation to a Look Out Point from where one can see the volcanic activity (depends wether conditions).  Lodging Casona Rio Fortuna.

DAY 4:

Breakfasts. Transfer to Monteverde. On the way, we will stop at a local coffee farm for an educational coffee tour at Finca La Bella de San Luis de Monteverde. There, we will visit a local coffee farm and learn about the coffee process, from its flowering to its packing. We will also enjoy a good cup of coffee. There, a delicious lunch is served by a local countryside family. In the afternoon, Canopy tour in Monteverde included. Explore the tree tops from higher altitude and watch the forests from above. Lodging at  Finca Atardecer. Dinner at leisure.

DAY 5:

Breakfasts and early morning departure to Nosara, in beautiful Guanacaste. Arrival at Hotel Giardino Afternoon and rest of the day at leisure ofr optional volunteering activities. Overnight at Hotel Giardino Tropicale.

DAY 6:

Breakfasts at the hotel. Day at lesiure or optional activities in the area. Overnight at Hotel Giardino Tropicale.

DAY 7:

Breakfasts. We recommend to visit the local reserve of Lagarta Lodge, a Rich marine, coastal and terrestrial combined ecosystem located at the Rio Nosara River mouth Delta. Entrance U$ 7.00 per person. Also, Olive Ridley turtles often come in large numbers to the Ostional beach to lay their eggs. This evening you will go to Ostional beach, where you will learn about marine turtles, and hopefully see them laying their eggs (optional—depends on if there is turtle activity). Return to the hotel. Overnight at Giardino Tropicale. Driving distance from Giardino Tropicale Hotel to Ostional: 50 minutes.

DAY 8:

Day at leisure for optional activities, volunteer work or other activities.

DAY 9:

Departure back to San Jose. Arrival at hotel Aranjuez. Optional lunch and dinners on the way and in San Jose.

DAY 10:

 Departure to the airport. Departure at Juan SantaMaria International Airport.

 Departure taxes of U$ 26.00 per person not included.